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Supreme Court excludes nationalist party from elections, even though for the wrong reasons

Greece’s Supreme Court has excluded the first party from the general elections even though for technical reasons and not for being a far-right coalition with super nationalistic, anti-migrant and homophobic rhetoric.

The party is the Patriotic Union of outgoing independent MP Konstantinos Bogdanos (expelled from New Democracy) and aging construction businessman  Prodromos Emfietzoglou.

The party cannot contest the upcoming elections due to issues with its name and logo.

It is understood that a party called Patriotic Union-Greek Popular Coalition complained that Bogdanos and Emfietzoglou had appropriated its name.

While Emfietzoglou and Bogdanos were informed and invited to submitted a clarification, they failed to convince the authorities that the name belonged to them and had not been registered to others.

On that basis, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the complainant party was the rightful beneficiary of the name.

In addition, the court was ruled that the symbol used by the Bogdanos-Emfietzoglou Patriotic Union, the Vergina star, is a national symbol, the use of which is prohibited by law.

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